Welcome to my third Gift Guide of the season. Spoiler Alert – this might be my favourite one. I hope you’ve managed to catch up with my Winter Candle Guide and my Tropic Christmas Gift Guide to get all the inspiration for your gift list.
I wanted to make this one quite personal. It’s all the gifts I would love to find in my Christmas stocking, plus a few things I’ve already bought for myself this year and really enjoyed.
Want. Wear. Need. Read
So have you come across the “Want Wear Need Read” gift giving rule. Of course it’s meant for children to make them appreciate their gifts rather than just ripping open 3697 presents in 3 minutes.
Something you want, something to wear, something you need, something to read.
I wonder if it would be good for us grown ups too. How about framing our wish lists around these 4 “somethings”. I’m not sure if you’re only allowed 1 thing in each category so I’m being generous and giving myself a few options!
So here’s my wish list. Things I would love. Brands I can’t get enough of. I hope it’ll bring you a little inspiration for gifting this festive season.
GIFT GUIDE | SOMETHING I WANT
The Tartan Blanket Company is my favourite and I’ve got my eye on the Olive Heritage Check Oversized Scarf. This, my friends is the perfect wrap up scarf for frosty holiday walks, and ideal to keep in the back of car for snuggling up on long car journeys. Not that any of us will be going far this year, but hey ho.
Beautiful homewares and gift ideas can be found in abundance with Particle Press. Fiona gets a fairly regular order from Bluebell Cottage. Her soaps are lovely, her washbags and stationery gorgeous and I have my eye on an awesome apron in the Longtails and Foxgloves design. Perfect for New Year baking.
If you’re looking for the loveliest beauty products for gifting, then I have a whole Tropic Gift Guide that you might want to check out. I’m always super happy with a pot of Tropic Body Smooth. It’s Tropic’s founding product, sold by Suzy Ma on a London market long before she met Sir Alan Sugar.
If you’ve embraced the plant trend of 2020 you’ll need some cute ceramic pots for your plant babies. One of my favourite purchases this year was my Seagrass Green Pot from John Lewis. At just £11 it’ll be a lovely addition to their home. It ended up being too small for the plant it was intended for, so I had to buy another plant. Hey Ho. A cute pot will make a gorgeous gift for the “plant person” in your life.
GIFT GUIDE | SOMETHING TO WEAR
Socks. Of course socks. Anyone who says they don’t love new socks for Christmas is telling an untruth. Especially if they’re gorgeous Fat Face socks which are usually 3 for 2.
If you follow along here, you’ll know I’m a little obsessed with cute brooches. Brooches come into their own during winter on jumpers, jackets and coats. They’re the perfect little splash of colour and personality to add to your outfit. If I found something from Layla Amber, or something from Shark Alley or even something from RachRed, I would be a very happy bunny.
New PJs are essential. Aren’t they? This year I’ve bought myself some Christmas PJs to wear on Christmas Eve. How old am I? They’re bright red cotton rich tartan for just £12.50 and will go very nicely with a glass of mulled wine and a festive movie.
GIFT GUIDE | SOMETHING I NEED
A 2021 Diary. Well let’s hope we need a diary next year. This is a super personal one. People are very particular about diaries so make sure you know what they want before you order one for someone else. I’m a week to view kind of girl and I love a nice hardback cover. At Papier you can choose your own design and have it personalised which is so much fun. Starts at £21.99
It’s vital to stock up on notebooks for another years of lists and journalling. Busy B create the cleverest products which I use all year round. This forest green faux leather notebook is one of my favourites. You’ll get 15% off your first order if you sign up to their newsletter.
Catherine’s eyepoppingly beautiful hand illustrated botanicals are designed in Wales and available in Harrods and Harvey Nichols (no less) and her website is a smorgasbord of gorgeousness that’s very hard to resist. I challenge you to buy a few gifts without something landing in your basket just for you. Not possible. I only discovered Catherine Lewis Design recently so all the females in my family are getting something lovely from here this year.
Scented candles fall into the “need” category for me and if you want to know why, have a read of my Thoughtful Winter Candle Guide for some inspiration. For the New Year I’m looking for calming scents and botanical ingredients. Candles that will calm my days and lift my spirits. It has to be soy wax with natural ingredients. I’m in love with the Lavender and Eucalyptus Tin Candle from Leith and Co. It comes in a cute copper tin – the perfect stocking filler.
GIFT GUIDE | SOMETHING TO READ
The Christmas we didn’t expect – David Matthis £7.98 Paperback. If you get the chance to read this before Christmas, do that. I received this as a lovely surprise from my sister and can’t wait for 1 December so I can start reading it through Advent. If you’ve never tried an Advent devotional, I thoroughly recommend it as a way of slowing down and make space in your head and heart for the things that really matter at Christmas.
A Promised Land – Barak Obama £15.99 Hardcover. I read Michelle Obama’s book last Christmas and I’m hoping Santa might drop this one into my stocking. Can’t wait to read it.
Did any of my ideas spark your interest? Hope it was helpful.
All these brands are on Instagram and are lovely follows
@tartanblanketco – cosy blankets and scarves
@particlepress – pretty stationery and homeware
@tropicskincare – natural beauty goodness
@johnlewisandpartners – gorgeous homeware
@fatface – the only place for Christmas socks
@laylaamber – rather special jewelry
@marksandspencer – festive PJs
@papier – gorgeous diaries
@cleverbusyb – very clever stationery
@catherinelewis_design – stunning botanical gifts
@leithandco – the loveliest soy scented candles